View Full Version : Removal of SoftRaid driver?

02-20-2001, 10:58 PM
Greetings. I am wondering if there is a way to remove the SoftRaid 2.2.2 driver from a Cheetah internal HD. I know it sounds crazy (don't ask) but I need to format the drive with Apple Drive Utility, and it will not write over a third party driver. How can I get it to? Surely, there must be a way??


02-20-2001, 11:07 PM
No way that I know about.

02-20-2001, 11:40 PM
Thanks for the reply, although your answer is certainly not what I needed to hear.

02-21-2001, 12:00 AM
Via SoftRAID, you should be able to do a quick format (or a full, time consuming format) and then not let it initialize/install the driver. Then go to the Apple Drive Setup and proceed. k

02-21-2001, 12:13 AM
what version of Drive Setup are you trying to use?

02-21-2001, 12:15 AM
Ohhhh, Kaye, now THAT is an answer that I was hoping for. I am backing up the drive first, and then will try that. THANK YOU!!

02-21-2001, 12:18 AM
Magician, it is version 2.0.1, part of Mac OS CPU Software 2.3. I am running OS 9.0.1.

02-21-2001, 02:41 AM
Kaye, that did the trick. You're a genius!!! Thanks. Once again, I find what I need to know here at the Gurus feet!!

02-21-2001, 03:08 AM
I thought you meant without losing your data.

02-22-2001, 03:47 AM
Ah, ah, Louie... he said format the drive. Just kidding. That term is on the Hot List For Misuse.

02-22-2001, 03:13 PM
Interesting. I was trying to accomplish the same think, but when I choose "Quick Initialize" I donot get the option of having the driver installed or not, and Apple Drive Setup 2.0.3 says the drive is unsupported.

02-22-2001, 03:17 PM
With SoftRAID, installing the driver is a separate step after initializing.

02-22-2001, 03:21 PM
Ok. But even if I don't "install driver", which I didn't, Drive Setup still refuses work with the volume.

02-22-2001, 03:46 PM
Which version of Drive Setup are you trying? I think jb used 2.0.1.

02-22-2001, 04:52 PM
I was using 2.0.3. I found a copy of 1.9.2 which saw the drives. Although Initializaion command failed on both drives I was able to low level format the drives. Thank you.

02-22-2001, 04:58 PM
If you want get rid of SoftRAID driver...
Backup everythig(You will lose everything in that drive),
run SoftRAID, Click on the drive you want to initialise.
Hold the option key down , then select initialse disk from the disks menu.
When you have this dialog box open, just hit quick initialise.
the drive should flash "map invalid"
then immediately quit SoftRAID and restart.
Apple Drive Setup can initialize the drive now.


02-22-2001, 07:32 PM
exactly. The secret is in holding down the option key. That initializes the first 128k of the drive, without installing a driver, and essentially preps the drive for use with Drive Setup. SoftRAID deliberately set it up that way.